For decades, LRM readers continue to debate on the best paint schemes, interior styles, and type of car bodies to customize, with no concrete resolutions. The one thing most of our riders and readers can agree on, however, is the theory that says, “happy wife, happy life.” Longtime Lowrider Saul Davalos is no exception to this rule of thumb and he has made the sacrifices to prove it. Having met his future wife while attending tech school, he knew that maintaining a long-distance relationship was doubtful, so upon graduating he followed his heart to the plains of west Texas. For the next two years, this newlywed would be without the weekend cruises he took from the Houston suburb of Magnolia down to Mason Park in west H-town in his ’81 Cutlass. Being away from his home base, those recollections usually ended with Saul feeling homesick and nearly reaching a “Lowrider meltdown.” During one of those post-meltdown days, this ailing Lowrider aficionado spotted this ’84 Olds sitting inside a tow yard. That sight was just what the doctor ordered.
The first task was getting hold of that “rocket logo” body. With pending legal issues facing the previous owner, this future custom ride was required to sit in the tow yard until the salvage lien period expired. A nervous Saul was forced to wait it out. “I would call the local yard every week, just to let them know that I was still interested in buying the car,” Saul continues, “I didn’t get discouraged, as reading the pages of LRM would inspire me on how my car would someday look.” After six months, Saul received the long awaited call from the yard owner. “It’s yours to pick up, just pay the $700 in storage fees,” said the voice on the other end of the phone. Without delay, the G-body was soon sitting in Saul’s garage getting a facelift; with the installation of a Euro front clip, a hydraulic setup, and a frost beige & flake sprayed over Lubbock’s newest cruiser. After receiving the setup from Shorty’s Hydraulics, this transplanted H-Towner decided to attempt his first installation. “I didn’t have internet back then so I bought the book, How to Build a Lowrider, and successfully installed the strokes,” remembers Saul.
For the next few years, “Frosted Flake” (a car nickname he still can’t live down with fellow members) was known in the local cruising scene and area shows, with no foreseeable changes to be made to the ride. But, a trip to Colorado would soon change all that.
As an UCE (USO) prospect, Saul displayed his ride alongside the club lineup at the 2005 LRM Denver Super Show. The goal for competing at that show was to be accepted into the highly respected car club. At the end of that weekend, the new UCE member accomplished that goal and it energized Saul to take the frosted one to the next level. “I found others that shared my views and standards, with mutual respect, whether you had a street ride or a radical custom. I wanted to display the club plaque on a ride that would make all of the members proud,” he says. The next week, the car was taken apart for the highly inspirational re-build. “Once the frame was sent to be powder coated, I knew there was no turning back,” he says with a smile. Two years later marked the rechristened Cutty’s return to the Mile High City, as “Irresistible Habits” was unveiled at the 2007 LRM Denver Super Show. With a last minute opening on the main floor, the newly completed full custom was soon displayed among the best of the four-corner states. “At that moment, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending; having my car as part of the showcase with the club and family present,” recalls this proud owner. But it did get better at the end of the show; “Irresistible Habits” placed 3rd for Best of Show Car!
Today, when Saul’s workday ends as an auto tech at McGavock Nissan, the passion for cars continues at his family-owned business, First St. Customz. Currently, Saul and his sons have a few projects destined for the pages of LRM, including a 1954 Bel Air; as daughter Kelly will soon inherit “daddy’s car.” Saul closes, “I jokingly quote to my happy wife, Niome; ‘homeless before chromeless,’ but realistically, I know I couldn’t have done this without her patience and support.” Saul also sends his special gratitude to Kita Lealao, Robert Ceniceros, Chino Vega, Hernan D’Aloia, and Shorty Villarreal. Paz, Tejas
Owner: Saul Davalos
Vehicle: 1984 Olds Cutlass
City/State: Hale Center, TX
Body/Paint: Frost Tan w/House of Kolors Root beer and Copper accents by Charlie Garcia and Sam Salazar at Innovative Customs (Lubbock). Murals by Shadow (Dallas) and Itchy (Lubbock) laid out the pinstripes.
Engine/Chassis: Smoothed out 3.8L block & chrome Hedman headers by First St Customz, with chrome mufflers installed by Mike’s Mufflers. Frame powder coated by Quality Coating.
Suspension: Full chrome suspension with molded arms and engraved rear end assembly installed by First St Customz. Plating by Pulido Plating and metal engraving by Hernan’s Engraving.
Hydraulics: Chrome Heavy Hitters two-pump whammy built by Shorty’s Hydraulics (Houston) with 8″ front and 10″ rear strokes juiced through stainless steel hardlines installed by First St Customz (Alejandro Flores, Saul Jr, & Christopher)
Interior: Tan leather w/ tan suede patterned inserts stitched by Chilo (San Antonio). Custom console and dash built by Oscar Vargas (Plainview). All fiberglass panels were done by Sam at Innovative Customs.
Stereo: Sony CD/DVD deck w/Sony & Rockford Fosgate speakers, Sony 600watt amp pushing two 12″ Q-Logic Subwoofers installed by First St Customz.
Tires: Champion 155/80R13.
Wheels: OG Wires- House of Kolors Rootbeer patterned dish w/gold spokes.